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Global Business Innovation Funded Visit to USA – Focus on Energy (Applications close 10th February)

17th March 2019 @ 8:00 am - 22nd March 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The Enterprise Europe Network is organising a fully funded visit to Boston, USA targeted at innovative and ambitious businesses in the Energy Sector. The visit is funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Innovation Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) and forms part of the Global Business Innovation Programme.

This visit and accompanying programme of support will help UK businesses to identify new opportunities in the US energy sector. The 4 day programme will include:

  • Registration to the AEE East Energy Conference and Expo
  • Visits to leading energy research organisations based in Massachusetts
  • Expert perspectives from key players involved in US energy system
  • Networking opportunities with leading-edge US businesses and potential investors

Why Massachusetts?

The USA is the largest, most competitive and technologically advanced economy in the world. US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has consistently seen growth of 1.8% or more since 2011 (source: DIT).

In the energy sector, growing consumer demand and world class innovation make the USA an attractive market with total investment in the US energy sector at $276 billion in 2016 (the second-largest in the world) (source: US Department of Energy).

Focus of visit

The visit will focus on the following topics:

  • Energy systems (including system integration between electricity, heating, cooling and transport)
  • Smartgrids
  • Energy storage
  • Renewable heat
  • Demand-side response


Participating businesses will receive: Flights, five nights’ hotel accommodation, subsistence and conference registration (one representative per company).


On acceptance to the visit, a commitment fee of £500 will be obtained from each successful applicant, which will be returned on completion of the programme and the agreed action plan. Non-attendance after formal acceptance will result in forfeiting some or all of the fee.


To participate in this visit, your business must be an SME established in the UK.

How to apply

To express your interest in participating, please click here to complete the application form

The closing date for submitting your application is Sunday 10th February 2019.